Wednesday, 15 August 2012


Here is a GBBO Episode 1 inspired Upside-down Cake recipe for you all.

We hope you enjoyed show 1 as much as we did.  A bloody surreal experience seeing yourself (and your precious bakes) on the telly!

Here is a very easy recipe for our;
Blackberry, Almond and Vanilla Topsy-turvy Crumble Cake

What you need
Electric mixer (free standing or handheld)
8 inch spring form (or loose bottom) round cake tin
greaseproof paper
baking sheet/roasting tray


300g Blackberries (these are in season so can be picked not we did)
1 Tablespoon of honey

for the cake
175g margarine
175g caster sugar
125g self raising flour
50g ground almonds
3 medium free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla paste (or a few drops of extract)
a few drops almond extract
pinch of baking powder

for the crumble topping
50g unsalted butter
50g plain flour
25g rolled oats
50g flaked almonds
50g vanilla sugar
25g demarera sugar

  • preheat the oven to 170 (fan)
  • grease the whole tin and line the bottom with a circle of baking parchment
  • drizzle the honey over the lined base
  • lay the clean fruit to cover the entire base of the tin, packed nice and tightly so no gaps can be seen
  • put all the cake ingredients in a bowl, combine and then beat until pale, light and fluffy
  • pour this over the fruit and smooth flat
  • bake in the middle of the oven for 40mins, until it is risen, golden and lightly springs back to the touch
  • while it bakes, make the crumble
  • rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine crumbs
  • stir in the other crumble ingredients and pour this in a thin layer over the baking sheet
  • remove the cake from the oven when baked (leaving it in the tin for now) and turn the oven up to 200
  • when the oven is hot put the crumble mixture in the oven and bake for 15mins until golden
  • upturn the cake out onto your serving plate
  • sprinkle the crumble liberally over the cake
  • serve with Chantilly Cream or vanilla ice cream

also let us know anything you want to know about this years GBBO and we'll try and write about it (except how well anyone does obviously!)

C and SJ


  1. Sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing :O)

  2. This is a great recipe. I love any cake that uses fruit and the crumble topping will be yummy too. Thanks for sharing!